Paleontology

Archaeopteryx Plumage: Feathers And Their Recruitment For Flight

Paleontologists of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich studying a new specimen of Archaeopteryx have found previously unknown features of the plumage, which shed light on the original function of feathers and their recruitment for flight.  ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 3 2014 - 10:31am

Paleontologists Make 410 Million Year Old Arachnid Walk

One of the first predators on land, a 410-million-year-old arachnid, has been virtually brought back to life. Paleontologists used exceptionally preserved fossils from the Natural History Museum in London to create the video showing the most likely walkin ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 11 2014 - 11:37am

Oetzi The Tyrolean Iceman's 'Non-Human' DNA

Much of what we know about Öetzi- the 'Tyrolean Iceman’ – such as what he looked like and that he suffered from lactose intolerance, stems from a tiny bone sample which allowed the decoding of his genetic make-up. A team of scientists have examined t ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 15 2014 - 10:55am

Four-Winged Fossil Sheds Light On Dinosaur Flight

A new raptorial dinosaur fossil with exceptionally long feathers, including a long feathered tail, has led the authors to believe they were instrumental for decreasing descent speed and assuring safe landings.  Changyuraptor yangi is a 125-million-year-old ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 16 2014 - 11:23am

Lyararapax: 520 Million-Year-Old Brain Discovered

Paleontologists have discovered the exquisitely preserved brain in the fossil of one of the world's first known predators that lived in the Lower Cambrian, about 520 million years ago. The discovery revealed a brain that is surprisingly simple and le ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 16 2014 - 1:47pm

Ancient Mystery: European Mosquitos Trapped In Asian Amber

A comparison of Baltic Sea region amber with amber from Asia could be significant- rather than being found just in Mecklenburg, Poland or Belarus, European species have been found almost 10,000 kilometers away in Fushun, even though Europe and Asia were d ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 30 2014 - 11:08am

Caiuajara Dobruskii: 47 Ancient Flying Reptiles Of New Species Discovered

Scientists have reported discovery of a new ancient pterosaur species called Caiuajara dobruskii- and the bones of 47 members to go with it. Caiuajara dobruskii lived during the Cretaceous in southern Brazil, according to the paper. There may be more amon ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 13 2014 - 5:09pm

Jurassic Welsh

For most people, the Jurassic period conjures up images of huge dinosaurs chomping their way through lush vegetation and each other.  But mammals and their immediate ancestors were also around 201 to 145 million years ago, just not as spectacular as we ar ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 20 2014 - 1:45pm

Australopith: Taung Child Was Not Human, Finds Study

The Taung Child, a hominin discovered in South Africa 90 years ago by Wits University Professor Raymond Dart, has been studied using the Wits University Microfocus X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) facility and the results cast doubt on theories that Austral ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 26 2014 - 12:21am

Dreadnoughtus Schrani Is A New, Supermassive Dinosaur Species

A new supermassive dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of its type has been unveiled. Dreadnoughtus schrani was  85 feet long and weighed about 65 tons in life, making iy the largest land animal for which a body mass can be accurat ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 4 2014 - 9:41am